The Leading eBooks Store Online 3,725,826 members ⚫ 1,209,635 ebooks

New to eBooks.com?

Learn more

The Gossamer Years

The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan

The Gossamer Years by Edward Seidensticker
Add to cart
US$ 12.99
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)
Kagero Nikki, translated here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to the same period as the celebrated Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikuibu.

This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful (and unnamed) noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy. A classic work of early Japanese prose, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic expression, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty. A timeless and intimate glimpse into the culture of ancient Japan, this translation by Edward Seidensticker paints a revealing picture of married life in the Heian period.
Tuttle Publishing; December 2011
208 pages; ISBN 9781462903573
Read online, or download in secure EPUB or secure PDF format
Title: The Gossamer Years
Author: Edward Seidensticker
 
  • News
Paradise Lived - The Japan Times
Sat, 11 Aug 2007 16:52:36 -0700
The Japan TimesParadise LivedThe Japan TimesHer literary rebellion, set down in a memoir known in English either as “The ...
Người Việt Nam lười viết - VOA Tiếng Việt
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:30:29 -0800
VOA Tiếng ViệtNgười Việt Nam lười viếtVOA Tiếng ViệtCó lúc, không hiểu tại sao, trong loạt sách bán giá hạ ở các hiệu sách tại ...